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3 Ways to Ditch Paper Towels


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When you’re out and about, it’s tempting to grab a paper towel to dry your hands after washing them, but is it really necessary? You can shake off the excess water and wipe your hands dry on your trousers to avoid using paper.

If drying your hands on your pants or skirt doesn’t appeal to you, you could keep a handkerchief or rag on you. Companies like People Towels even make handy towels designed to carry with you. Douglas Adams would be proud!

The only thing we still use paper towels for around here is cleaning the cat box. Cat waste is full of toxins, and I just don’t trust the washing machine to sanitize rags we used to wipe out the litter box. Do any of you use reusable rags for this? How do you go about cleaning them?

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Kitchen Towels. Creative Commons photo by Carissa Marie
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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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4:36AM PST on Jan 2, 2014

My cat is going out through her own small doors and doing everything on her own ;))

3:27PM PDT on Sep 26, 2013

Good tips,thanks for sharing

2:48PM PDT on May 1, 2013

Instead of using anything to clean the litter box, invest in a Cat Genie--the toilet for cats. Not only do our cats love it, but we do too. No more scooping or touching litter--it connects to your toilet and you flush the waste away. It's great and will pay for itself as the litter is washable. It's definitely worth the money. No one would ever know that we have 3 cats because there is absolutely zero litterbox odor. Check it out:

5:28AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013


11:18PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

hi everyone, please sign this petition and help

5:56PM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

what happened to stop using cloth because it retained germs?

11:21AM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

this is great. i'm trying to transition out of using paper towels. thanks!

12:13PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011


3:59AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

I use rags to clean my cats litter box, after washing it in my bathtub with hot water a chemical free detergent and vinegar.

3:50AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

I don't use paper towels.
In the kitchen i use dish towels.
Microfiber cloths are great for cleaning. Rags too.
I also use rags and cotton towels to clean my cats litter box and hamster house. I wash them in the washing machine, and reuse them for the same purpose.
I also try to avoid using paper napkins. In my house we use fabric napkins.

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